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50 new jobs created at award winning Wrexham bakery

Village Bakery Operations Director Simon Thorpe, with Apprentices Bilei Mejbri and Jac Griffiths Credit: Village Bakery / Ceidiog

A bakery in Wrexham is creating 50 new jobs, including a dozen apprenticeships, to help cope with its "growing order book".

The new jobs will take the number of people working at The Village Bakery to 500, and will be spread across the company's three sites - two on Wrexham Industrial Estate and one up the road in nearby Minera.

The apprentices will be trained at the family firm's cutting edge Baking Academy and Innovation Centre which was officially opened by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Operations director Simon Thorpe said the company was "very fortunate".

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall officially opened the bakery's academy and innovation centre in 2015 Credit: PA / Ceidiog / Village Bakery

We're very fortunate to be going through another period of significant growth at the moment and with that comes the opportunity for people to gain employment with us as well. As part of the recruitment campaign, we're looking to take on another 12 bakery apprentices.

Our grow-your-own approach is something we've built our business on strongly over many years, and most recently we've invested in the new Baking academy and Innovation Centre and really we're going from strength to strength.

– Simon Thorpe, Operations Director, The Village Bakery

The Village Bakery makes products for major retail and supermarket companies across the UK and as far afield as Hong Kong and Singapore.

The firm has been honoured three times as Craft Baker of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards.

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